PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Andrea Saffaie-Castro parked her car near SE 51st and Division just after 9 p.m. last Saturday. She and her 12-year-old son got out. She was standing near the front of her car while her son went back to grab something.
And in that moment, the 48-year-old wife and mother was hit by a vehicle whose driver did not stop.
“My son, thankfully, didn’t see it but when he was coming back she had already been struck by the vehicle that went around and she was on the ground on the street,” said husband-and-dad Jason Castro.
Her son rushed to her aid. Jason said Andrea doesn’t remember much about being hit.
“But one thing she’s been consistent with the whole time, even with a severe hit on the head, is that she is adamant that it was a white truck with a either a flat bed or some kind of work vehicle,” Jason told KOIN 6 News. He said his son “added that there was some kind of red trailer.”
Andrea suffered multiple fractures in her pelvis, a head wound and a concussion, Jason said. She is still hospitalized at OHSU.
Portland police confirm there was a hit-and-run at that time, but no one has been identified in the case.
Jason said he wants the driver to come forward. His “gut feeling” is the driver may not even know anyone was hit.
“My gut feeling tells me the trailer is what hit her, probably the wheel wells because I know the wheel wells extend out a little farther.”
He’s canvassed businesses in the area to check their surveillance videos. He said he’s grateful some businesses have let him look at the tape.
“That’s kind of restored a little faith in humanity, to be honest with you,” Jason said.
He hopes that “somebody will see this and say, ‘Hey, I was the person that was around that time on Saturday (February 25).’ … I would just like them to be given a chance to come forward and then let the process happen.”
He admits it’s “kind of a weird thing” to take responsibility for something you’re not sure you did, but “they should be held accountable.”
Jason also wants drivers to slow down through the neighborhoods and keep an eye out for bicyclists and pedestrians.
For now, he is “trying to be the rock” for his family and keep things as normal as possble for his son.
As for Andrea, Jason said, “She just wants to be home.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Portland Police Bureau at 503.823.3333.